This lost-love lament finds Jason Aldean duetting with Miranda Lambert. Aldean discussed how the ballad came to be.
"Miranda and I have known each other for a long time," he said. "We kind of got started in this business together. We did a song together on my second album [2007's Relentless], called 'Grown Woman, which turned out to probably be my favorite song on the album."
Aldean added that ever since their first collaboration, he'd wanted to record more tracks with Lambert: "I'm always looking for ways to collaborate with other people in general," he said, "and I knew I wanted to do something else with her."
"Drowns the Whiskey" wasn't the first tune that Aldean pitched to Lambert. "I had a [different] song in mind, and I sent it to her, and she was kind of iffy on it," he said. "I was like, 'Hey, listen, if you don't like it, it's cool. I want you to love whatever we wind up doing. We'll find something else.'"
So Aldean sent Lambert this track. "She loved it," he said.
Aldean told ABC Radio
that he nearly gave the song to Tyler Farr. "I was actually producing some sides on Tyler Farr, a couple years back," he recalled. "And it was a song that I actually wanted to record on him. We ended up not recording it on him. And so, I told him if he didn't cut it, I was gonna cut it. So I did."
The song wasn't originally written as a duet. "I just thought she would sound great on it," Aldean explained regarding teaming up with Lambert. "Because it's a little more on the traditional side, which she tends to lean toward a little bit. So I sent it, and she jumped on it, and came in, and you heard the rest."
Jason Aldean gives full credit to Lambert for turning their collaboration into a smash. "The thing with Miranda, she's a great harmony singer," he explained to ABC News. "She doesn't sing it technically perfect, which I like, but she's so stylistic in the way that she sings it that it just sounds great. And her voice blends with mine really well, and we just sound good together."